If Kurt Busch wants Rolex 24 or Indy ride, Ganassi says it’s ‘on the table’
The opportunities appear to be endless for Kurt Busch following his official move to Chip Ganassi Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series program.
After five years with Stewart-Haas Racing, Busch will drive the No. 1 Chevrolet, bringing sponsorship from Monster Energy with him to the organization for the one-year deal.
But the fresh start could bring chances to run in other forms of racing with Chip Ganassi also owning teams that compete in both IndyCar and IMSA.
“I think in my conversations with Kurt, all that stuff is available,” Ganassi said. “All of our cars are available to all of our drivers. So, I think it’s a matter of if the opportunity presents itself.”
Both Ganassi and Busch treaded lightly while discussing what the future holds beyond 2019, whether it’s a contract extension in NASCAR, other racing endeavors, or both.
“It’s more than just me saying, ‘Hey, let’s do it’ and him saying, ‘Yeah, let’s do it,’ ” Ganassi added. “The important point is those things are available for conversation.”
What could certainly help Busch’s cause to drive another Indianapolis 500 or Rolex 24 at Daytona under the Ganassi banner is his previous experience.
Busch participated in the Rolex 24 in 2005 and ’08, finishing third in the latter event. In 2014, the now 40-year-old competed in the Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport, finishing sixth in his maiden IndyCar Series voyage after starting 12th.
“It’s not often you have a guy that has the experience to do that, like at Indy and in an IndyCar,” Ganassi said. “It’s certainly on the table, if need be.”
While seeing Busch in a sports car at Daytona or an open-wheel car at Indy seems more like a potential reality than a farfetched fantasy, right now he’s focused on putting the No. 1 Camaro back in Victory Lane and bringing home a second career championship.
“Anytime you get an opportunity like this … you don’t know what’s around the next corner as far as motivation and challenges,” Busch said. “So, for right now, I see it all in and we’ll see how it goes from there.”
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